A couple of weeks ago my sister and brother-in-law came down to Texas for a couple of days to celebrate our birthdays that are just days apart. My sister is just as fun-loving as I am and pretty much always up for anything, so I decided it’d be fun to put together a couple of birthday party games to play as a family. We played these with mostly adults but honestly kids would probably enjoy them the most. So really you can play these hilarious birthday party games with pretty much anyone who likes candy. Or games.
While we were picking up groceries for the weekend, I saw Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies at Walmart and knew they’d be perfect for these games with their birthday cake taste. Hershey’s has a great line of new birthday candy including everything from the Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies to a party pack full of all my fruity favorites and even Jolly Rancher Lollipops. And they’re all wrapped up in foil of bright colors and fun birthday patterns like polka dots! They’re available now at Walmart across the country in the celebrations (not candy) aisle.
All three of these games incorporate candy because I mean it’s a party and what kid doesn’t like to get candy as a prize for winning a game. There’s a reason piñatas are so popular and Birthday parties with Hersheys are my favorite!
Birthday Party Games: Balloon Burst
- Candy such as Jolly Rancher, Twizzlers, etc.
- Balloons, one per player
- Balloon ribbon or string
- Before the party, fill balloons with one piece of candy each, preferably something that doesn’t really squish (so not Hershey’s Kisses) and fits into a balloon. We used Twizzlers Twists and Jolly Rancher Chews.
- Once they’re filled, blow the balloons up and tie a ribbon to the end.
- Give each child a balloon and help them tie it to their ankle.
- To play, kids have to go around the room trying to pop each other’s balloons by stomping on them. If they pop someone’s balloon, that person is out, and the person who popped the balloon gets the candy that was inside the popped balloon. It’s kind of like a balloon piñata! Last player to have an unpopped balloon wins.
- Make sure to have a bucket of candy for any kids who had their balloon popped without popping anyone else’s (meaning they didn’t get any candy). Let them choose one piece as a consolation prize.
Birthday Party Games: Silly Smash
- Ice cream cones
- Birthday candy such as Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies or Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates with colored foil wrappers
- Small pieces of paper with silly tasks written on them such as sing I’m a little teapot, spin in a circle 10 times, recite the ABCs backwards, do 10 jumping jacks, etc.
- Before the party, set out a grid of ice cream cones upside down, with them lined up next to each other. Under a handful of the cones, place a couple of Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates or other candies and in the other ones, place the pieces of paper with silly tasks. Make sure that you can’t see if there’s a candy or paper under each cone.
- To play, kids take turns choosing an ice cream cone and smashing it softly with their hand. Make sure they don’t smash it really hard or else they’ll smash the candy inside as well. If the cone they chose to smash has a candy inside, they win the candy. If the cone they smashed has a silly task, they have to do the silly task then get back in line to try again their next turn. Kids can keep playing until all of the candy cones have been found.
- If you want to make it even more exciting, put a Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies under only one of the cones. The person who gets the birthday cake one wins a special prize.
Birthday Party Games: Left, Right, Eat
- Three pieces of candy for each player – mix things up with a bunch of different types of Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, Kit Kat Miniatures, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
- Three dice
- Printable instruction cards
- Before the party, print out a handful of these printable cards for the game. They have instructions for the game and will make it a lot easier for everyone to play.
- To play, give everyone three pieces of candy and have them sit in a large circle either on the ground or at a table.
- Starting with the birthday guest of honor, have them roll as many dice as they have pieces of candy, up to three. So on their first roll with three pieces of candy, they would roll three dice. If they have one piece of candy left, they would roll one die.
- Take the corresponding actions to what is rolled on the dice – if they roll a 1, pass the candy to the right. If they roll a 2, pass the candy to the left. If they roll a 3, they get to eat the candy. And if they roll a 4, 5, or 6, they keep their candy. They only need to pass one piece of candy for each die rolled. So if they rolled one 1, one 2, and one 6, they would pass one candy left, one candy right, and keep one candy.
- After passing the candy, pass the dice to the person on the right and they roll.
- Continue passing the dice around the circle letting people roll, passing or eating the candy until only one person is left with candy. That person wins the game and a small prize.
Note: If someone runs out of candy because they passed it or ate it, they should stay in the circle because someone on their side may end up passing a piece of candy to them on a future roll.